Port William Harbour

The harbour lies on the west coast of the Machars peninsula and is supervised by a part time Harbour Master, there is no active management of vessel movements.

Mariner Notices

On occasion we will publish notices to let mariners know of any information, safety issues or conditions that may have an effect on the use of and access to the harbour.

We advise mariners to check for any active mariner notices in advance to using the harbour:


Port William Harbour is used by a few small local fishing boats and pleasure craft

The harbour is protected from north-westerly winds.

Nautical information

Latitude / Longitude: 54º 16' 18" N / 04º 34' 18" W
Admiralty Charts: 1411, 1121, 1826, and 2094
Imray: C62
Berthing/Moorings: 180/7

Tidal range and depth

  • Springs: 5.7 metres maximum
  • Neaps: 3.1 metres maximum

The pier is only accessible to vessels drawing more than one meter for two hours either side of high water. In north-westerly gales vessels are affected by swell for about two hours either side of high water.


The harbour offers standard facilities including bollards, wooden fenders, access ladders, water and electricity points. The town of Port William has shops, a hotel, public house and fuel garage.

Harbour Empowerment Order

Dumfries and Galloway Council hold an Empowerment Order for Port William Harbour. This order allows us to legally improve, maintain and manage the harbour.


Harbour Master
Call: 07771678824

General Enquiries
Call: 0303 333 3000


Harbour Street, Port William, Dumfries and Galloway (view on google maps)


Page last updated: 31/05/2021
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